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The Weekend Round-Up: April 5-7

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to tons of DC area fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Nats First Weekend
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket Prices Vary

The Nats are playing their first weekend at home against the Phillies, always an exciting match-up. Catch a game on Friday at 6:45pm, Saturday at 4:05pm, or Sunday at 1:35pm. Be sure to note the ballpark rules for bringing bags (Prohibited Items section)  and that Kids Run the Bases after Sunday games doesn’t start until April 21. But the playground will be open, and there is always fun happening along with the on-field action. And go ahead and sign up for the Jr. Nationals Kids Club (and pick up the kits later in April) – it’s so worth it! Read about that here.

Fairies in the Garden
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $5 suggested donation

Guaranteed to delight, the annual exhibit of fairy and gnome houses at Annmarie Sculpture Garden begins on Friday!  This year, more than 180 homes for spritely creatures will be displayed throughout the grounds. Viewing them along with more art as you walk along a trail through the woods is a fantastic adventure for all ages. Plan for play time in the adorable Fairy Lolly, and stop in the Arts Center for more creative works. Read more about and get a glimpse of it all here and here. (FYI – Annmarie is wonderful anytime, fairy houses or not!)

Artomatic
Where: 2100 M Street NW | Downtown DC
When: Friday-Saturday. 12pm – 12am | Sunday, 12-9pm
Admission: Free

The big community art event is running all month!  Throughout 300,000 square feet of an empty office building, you can view art by over 1,o00 artists.  There are also special workshops, interactive experiences, and live performances with some that kids can enjoy, too.  View the schedule here.  Hours are Wednesday – Thursday, 5-9:30pm; .  Admission is free!

Wizards vs. Heat
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Sunday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $23 (look for deal)
If March Madness has you wanting to see live basketball, the Wizards are playing at home on Friday evening against the Portland Trailblazers. Make a longer outing of it in Penn Quarter — go early and pop in to the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum (open until 7pm) or plan on a pre-game meal — find recommendations for family-friendly restaurants here.  And stick around postgame for the finale of the Friday Night Concert Series, featuring Grammy winner 2Chainz.

Bluebells at the Bend
Where: Riverbend Park | Great Falls, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $12

Celebrate the Virginia Bluebells as they blanket the banks of the Potomac River at Riverbend Park. This annual festival is back after a Covid hiatus and will have  wildflower walks, live animals, exhibitors, live music, crafts, and food trucks. Register in advance online to ensure your spot! Read more about Riverbend in this KFDC post.

Star Wars: The Force Awaken in Concert
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Tickets: $23-100

Experience the film on the big screen as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs the score live on stage. Thirty years after the defeat of the Empire, Luke Skywalker has vanished and a new threat has risen: The First Order, led by the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke and his dark side enforcer, Kylo Ren. General Leia Organa’s military force, the Resistance—and unlikely heroes brought together by fate—are the galaxy’s only hope at thwarting a new reign of evil.

Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse
Where: National Air & Space Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The Air & Space Museum is hosting a special Family Day to get ready for the solar eclipse next week. There will be hands-on activities for children that describe what happens during an eclipse, and more. The musuem will also offer tips on how to view the eclipse in a safe and fun way, activities .

Pink in the Pool
Where: Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate cherry blossom season with swimming and more fun! Enjoy free access to the Long Bridge Aquatics Center, plus activities like an origami class, tea tasting, story time, free snacks, and more! Register in advance.

First Saturday
Where: National Gallery of Art | NationalMall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The NGA’s monthly series has a cherry blossom theme this time. In this installment, join the museum for kid’s films, create a floral collage, and make a custom-designed cherry blossom screenprint with local printmakers Soul and Ink. Then, enjoy pop-up musical performances and venture over to the Sculpture Garden for a tour of outdoor art installations.

Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop: Cherry Blossoms
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 1:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate spring and DC’s beloved cherry blossoms with a festive family workshop cohosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This hands-on preservation workshop is designed for children ages 3-8 and their caretakers. Be sure to register here in advance!

Bloom Town
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Varies by locale
Admission: Varies by locale

There are still some cherry blossoms around, and even more big flower displays  are coming up around the DC area. Tulips are showing off their brilliant hues and bluebells are blanketing the grounds around the area.  And the best places to see them are fab for more than just the flowers. This post has details on where to go for those and other big blooms coming up.

NSO Music for Young Audiences: String Thing
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 1:30pm & Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Tickets: $20

This daring double act of classical fun is BACK. National Symphony Orchestra musicians—bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green—introduce young audiences to some of the greatest music ever written. You’ll never hear a word out of them during the concert, but with instruments in hand and a trunk full of gags, this “silent” comedic tag-team presents a hilarious program of music and mayhem. Recommended for ages 3+.

Off the Page
Where: Theater on the Run | Arlington, VA
Where: The Lyceum | Alexandria, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $10

Arts on the Horizon presentsthis show for little theatre goers… The magic of books can transport us to new worlds! When an imaginative young child dives into a book, the stories come to life around them. Through dance, music, puppetry, and vibrant imagery, this world premiere production will use an immersive design to unfold around the audience. Watch a new world come to life right before your eyes! Catch at two theatres, plus other locations as it tours the area.

Mutts Gone Nuts
Where: Hylton Center for Performing Arts | VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Tickets: $15

Canines and comedy collide in Mutts Gone Nuts in a show that includes some of the most talented dogs in the world doing barrel tricks, dancing, magic, and jump rope routines! The talented lineup even includes a Guinness World Record holder for the highest jump by a dog, a world champion frisbee dog, comedian Jonathan Burns, and more! Recommended for all ages.

Art Blooms at Mosaic
Where: Mosaic District | McLean, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Welcome spring at the Mosaic District with a celebratory weekend featuring fun for all ages. Shop at the market, catch live entertainment and art exhibits, do some kids activities, sip on a cocktail while you stroll, and more!

Petalpalooza
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: Free

Join the Capitol Riverfront community for Petalpalooza! This day-long signature event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival will be a blast, with live music, art installations, a beer garden, and lots of family-friendly activities. Go for awhile or just stop by for a bit. The evening will cap off with a fireworks show over the Anacostia River.

Holi Festival
Where: Hardy Rec Center | Foxhall, DC
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

CommuniKids along with Kishan Putta and Divya Swamy invites the community to exprience Holi. This South Asian Festival Of Colors celebrates good over evil and welcomes spring. It’s OK to get a little messy while celebrating this holiday where colorful powder will be thrown. Wearing white and sunglasses or swim goggles is suggested for the most fun.
(Note that the colored powder is nontoxic and washable!). All ages welcome. RSVP Required.

A Healthy Opening Day
Where: Sweetgreen | Union Market District, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 10pm
Admission: The cost of your meal

Sweetgreen opens its 12th DC location on Saturday in the Union Market District (1300 4th St NE). To celebrate opening day, there will be fun giveaways, including a cookie and coffee bar by Maman, spring tulip bar by She Loves Me DC, and custom Sweetgreen swag, while supplies last from 10:30am-1:30pm. And for every meal sold on Saturday, Sweetgreen will donate a meal to Food Rescue US – DC to nourish Washingtonians experiencing food insecurity.

Rumpus Room Family Dance Party
Where: Hi-Lawn | Union Market, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: $10

The Rumpus Room, DC’s only daytime dance party for families, returns to Hi-Lawn on the rooftop of Union Market for its first event of 2024. Relive your night-life glory days with your little ones in tow as you dance to a family-friendly mix of dance floor classics, current hits, and guilty pleasures, all at a child-friendly volume. Hi-Lawn will be open for food and beverages at 11am, so you cab get a bite, too. Rumpus Room is designed for children 10 and under, but older siblings are welcome. All walking humans require a ticket. Infants/crawlers are free,

Storytime Yoga
Where: Takoma Park Maryland Library
When: Sunday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Join Children’s Yoga Instructor, Mariela Gómez, and enjoy meditation, movement, and songs in active, family-friendly yoga for children under 5 with their grown-up.

Caps vs Senators
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 6pm
Admission: Look for tickets here

Hockey, anyone? The Capitals are playing at home on Sunday evening as they host the Senators. Grab a bite to eat in the Penn Quarter neighborhood before or after the game.  This post about kid-friendly eats in DC has suggestions for places to go.

Spring Breakin’
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Spring Break has begun in the DC area, so if you’re looking for extra activities to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained over while the kids are off from school, this annual KFDC guide has plenty of ideas. (Of course, you can also use it for finding more weekend fun, Spring Beak or not.)

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The rain should finally be done this weekend, so highlighting the best outdoor places in the DC area, local walks in the woods, recs for good bike rides, and great hike and aprés hike combos.
* If your kids’ Spring Break is still coming up, and you’ll be in town, it could be a good time to volunteer with your kids.
* Bookmarking Eater’s round-up of top dog-friendly patios around DC.
* We finally tried Caruso’s Grocery, and it’s as good as everyone’s been saying.
* Can’t wait to watch the new TV series version of one of my favorite movies!
* Sounds weird, but I keep reading about this skin care product and am intrigued (but getting the trial size, just in case).
* A perfect spring jacket — and on sale. (Or maybe this one is more practical given the weather lately?)
* 10 Happy Things for April 🌷

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The Weekend Round-Up: April 6-7

Not a scene from DC, but one from our week away.

A scene from our spring break adventures away…love this shot of my brave girl



It looks like spring has finally sprung in DC! And while this round-up might include a bunch of indoor picks, I also highly recommend getting out and basking in the sunshine, too. If the few special outdoor suggestions don’t suit, the last link should have you covered. Happy Weekend!

Tyke Time
Where: Mellow Mushroom
When: Friday, 4-6:30pm
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with a kid-friendly happy hour! Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan is kicking off Tyke Time, a new dining promo for families, with a party today from 4-6:30pm. There will be face painting, corn hole, drink specials for grown-ups, and Kids Eat Free with the purchase of an adult entrée. Tyke Time will then be every Monday-Friday from 4-6:30pm. And Mellow also hosts happy hour Sunday-Friday from 3-7pm. Cheers to that!

Peep the Peak
Where: Tidal Basin & Washington Monument grounds
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year when the cherry trees are in bloom, and they are predicted to be at their best this weekend. The National Mall and Tidal Basin are sure to be teeming with blossom oglers, but braving the crowds is worth it, in my opinion. If you’re planning to partake in the blossom experience over the next couple of days (or anytime, for that matter), check out these tips before you go.

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
Where: 600-900 Water Street, SW
When: Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: Free, but concessions can be purchased

The big Cherry Blossom Festival event this weekend is the annual fireworks show at the Southwest Waterfront. It’s an all-day and part-evening affair with free live music and family-friendly festivities, including some especially for kids (think face painting and arts & crafts), cultural experiences, and all kinds of food. The grand finale will begin at 8:30pm when the National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show lights up the night sky.

Poetry Month Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the NPG and DC-based poetry group Split This Rock. Take a curator-led tour of Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets, listen to the DC Youth Slam Team perform, participate in mini-poetry workshops, and join in a short “open mic” poetry session for children.

Gospel Choir Brunch
Where: Union Market
When: Saturday, 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Some friends and I were just talking about how we miss the gospel brunch that was once an institution at the old Music City Roadhouse in Georgetown (and now I’m totally dating myself), so news of this monthly series at Union Market was quite nice to hear. On the first Saturday of every month, the urban village in northeast will host a Gospel Choir Brunch at 12:30pm. Take the whole crew to hear the Israel Baptist Church ensemble gospel choir and enjoy food from the many yummy eateries setting up shop there.

Walks in the Woods
Where: Local Trails
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Do some tramping this weekend! We’re in for excellent hiking weather, and there are plenty of trails to hit with the kids, both close to the city (even in it) and beyond. For suggestions, check out this post about walks in the woods. And one that’s not on the list, but recently reviewed: Turkey Run Park, just off the GW Parkway.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Here’s the live entertainment on local stages this weekend:
– Catch Jack & the Beanstalk at The Puppet Co. or see a Tiny Tots show there.
– Enjoy theatre and reggae sounds at Adventure Theatre’s Three Little Birds
– It’s your last chance to see The Big Meow, this weekend at Artisphere.
From Here to There is still entertaining little ones at Imagination Stage
– And The Magic Finger & James and the Giant Peach just opened at the Bethesda theatre as well.
– Matthew Pauli: The Sword in the Stone is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance.
Jason Invisible is on stage again at the Kennedy Center.
Hello Dolly! is the latest Ford’s Theatre production.
Get details on all of these productions in this post about entertainment this season.

Paddle Away
Where: The Tidal Basin
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: $12/hour 2-seat boat, $19/hour 4-seat boat

Catch a first glimpse of the budding cherry blossoms from the middle of the Tidal Basin. The paddle boat season opened in mid-March, but the weather will finally be conducive to a pedal-yourself cruise on the water. It’s likely to be a popular activity, but you can reserve boats in advance online. Or just try your luck if you’re down by the Basin.

DC MEETMarket
Where: Logan Circle, 15th & P NW
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Browse the city’s new monthly community market in the heart of Logan Circle. DC MEETMarket is kicking off its new year – it will run through December – this Saturday. It aims to support and promote local businesses, artists, and designers while highlighting what the DC-Metro area has to offer, bringing together 42 local vendors and the surrounding neighborhoods in a celebration of community and craftsmanship. A great outdoor event for parents with kids of all ages!

Get Kids Movin! 
Where: Capital Centre Boulevard
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Get Kids Movin! is the most fun children and families will have while being healthy! This initiative, inspired by the Let’s Move program from First Lady Michelle Obama, aims to prevent and reduce childhood obesity and create a community of health-conscience children, while helping them with necessary steps to start and continue lifestyles of health and physical activity. This spring edition of the program will feature interactive fitness and dance sessions with Nike Trainer Deanna Jefferson, BET’s Born To Dance winner LaTonya Swann, workshops on healthy eating, musical performances by Chi Chi Monet, Reesa Renee and Green Tea, a special Scavenger Hunt, prizes from Sports Zone and partner stores, fitness demonstrations, a fashion show and much more!

Arts for Families: Koinobori
Where: Textile Museum
When: Saturday, April 6, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

This session of the Textile Museum’s free monthly program for families celebrates the Cherry Blossom Festival: In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigor, overcoming all obstacles to swim upstream. Families can drop in to the museum to explore pattern and texture as you create your own colorful paper koi mobiles.

A Day of Flying in the Great Hall
Where: National Building Museum
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Partake in some super fly activities at the Building Museum! The DC Maxecuters are back to demo all kinds of model planes in and across the Great Hall, and all ages are welcome to drop in on Sunday and spectate. We went to see them the last time they were here, and it was pretty mesmerizing to watch the many varieties of model crafts soar. Of course, you can enjoy all the other NBM offerings the rest of the weekend, including the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit ($8/adults, $5/children, free for members).

Beat Ya Feet
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 12pm
Admission: Free

This “Beat Ya Feet” dance workshop, based on an original D.C. dance form, continues by popular demand. Learn how to create your own movements with demonstrations and group practice supervised by Da’Originalz. If self-expression through movement is your preference, then Beat Ya Feet is for you.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. On Sunday, learn about poet Walt Whitman.

Seize the Spring Days!
Where: All around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by location

It’s going to be a spectacular spring weekend — finally!!! — so get out and Carpe Diem! Here is the go-to post listing all kinds of outdoor adventures. (And I know I recommend it a lot, but it is useful, and I will be adding some new al fresco adventures soon!)

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